18/6/2017: Tine has wrapped up a training camp in the French Alps with a podium spot in today’s Ironman 70.3 Italy. Her final time was 4:26:06. Lisa Hütthaler (Austria; 4:24:25) beat Camilla Lindholm (Sweden; 4:24:28) in a sprint for the victory. The race was part of Tine’s preparation for the Challenge Geraardsbergen on July 2nd and the toughest-of-all Embrunman on August 15th.
A windy day in Pescara and strong currents made for a shortened swim. Tine came out of the water in fourth position. With a time of 19:18, she was less than three minutes behind fastest swimmer Donat. After a quick T1, she started the bike leg in third. She soon moved into second position behind Hütthaler. They held those positions going into the run. In the half marathon, Tine won time on Hütthaler, but she could not hold off a superfast Lindblom. The Austrian and the Swede ended the race with an exciting sprint for the victory. Coming in right behind them, Tine wrapped up her training week with an Ironman 70.3 top-three finish.
Over the past week, Tine polished off 510 kilometers and 10,000 altimeters in four days. That meant that the Ironman 70.3 Italy came too early to be in top form. Still, Tine hoped for strong legs and a solid result. “I gave it my all and I’m happy with this result. I can tell my conditioning is moving in the right direction. My goal is to be ready for the Challenge Geraardsbergen in two weeks. This race is important to me. I am hoping for a big Belgian turn-out and support.”